What is a SQL Server Health Check? 

By Ryan Freeman

July 18, 2022

server health, SQL, sql server


SQL Server Health Checks can quickly help identify and recommend solutions to ensure a data estate is secure, compliant, available and performing to the highest levels. 

If you have an Active Database Disaster, get immediate DBA assistance by calling 01225 375005 or emailing us at info@digitalsamurai.it 

If you’re new to SQL Server, what should you do?

SQL Server is a relational database management system developed by Microsoft, and it is used globally by organisations of all sizes. Most organisations will use a standard configuration to get started, but SQL Servers can become a bottleneck without some expert attention. 

The specialist role for Data Platform Management is the Database Administrator (DBA). They are the experts who can work with you to ensure everything runs optimally. 

The areas that the DBA can investigate during a Health Check include: 

Security 

Cybercriminals want to gain access to your data and use it as leverage against you – therefore, its protection is paramount. A SQL Server Health Check can be used to ensure that your data fully protect everything. If it is not, the DBA can help ensure maximum data protection

Compliance 

Your organisation needs its data to be stored compliant; a DBA, with the help of a Health Check, can ensure this is the case. For example, are you GDPR compliant? 

Workload  

Organisations have different demands on their data platforms, and things may not be configured best. A DBA can look at the activity on your server (or servers) and suggest changes that can help massively improve performance. 

Query Performance 

DBAs love making data platforms perform faster, and one of the ways they do this is by looking at the most expensive queries. Optimising these queries more can be done in less time, with less load on the server and even with a cost saving on infrastructure. 

Environment  

There are many options with how and where data is now hosted; it could be on-premises, in the cloud, multi-cloud or hybrid. The DBA should be able to advise on the best environment for your organisation; if it’s not the one you are already working in, then there could be some significant benefits. 

Disaster Recovery  

The stuff of nightmares if you do not have everything in place! A SQL Server Health Check can quickly establish if your environment has the resilience it needs to recover from any disaster – if not, the DBA will be able to get you into that position pronto!  

Digital Samurai’s SQL Server Health Check 

Our highly experienced team of DBAs has provided our comprehensive SQL Server Health Check to organisations of all sizes for many years. During that time, we have highlighted many ‘Priority 1’ red flags and helped organisations optimise their platforms to the highest levels. 

The Health Check process is speedy and straightforward and requires zero access to your systems. If you would like to book a SQL Server Health Check or would like some further information, please feel free to contact the Digital Samurai team today.

Ryan Freeman

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